TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour professional Dawie Van Der Walt, armed with a bag of new equipment including the R1 driver, RBZ Stage 2 metalwoods and RocketBladez Tour irons, earned his first European Tour win on Sunday after a final-round 67 powering him to victory at the inaugural Tshwane Open. Tackling an immensely long layout at Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate – the course played more than 7,700 yards – Van Der Walt (-21) missed only two fairways and one green (17/18 GIR) during his final-round charge, a testament to his confidence and precision with the R1 driver and RocketBladez Tour irons.
Van Der Walt, a 30-year-old from South Africa, entered the week No. 436 in the Official World Golf Rankings; perhaps his most significant gain is that Sunday’s victory has secured him a two-year exemption on the European Tour. Coming off a year in 2012 in which he played primarily on the Web.Com Tour, Van Der Walt most notably earned a third-place finish at the Joburg Open (European Tour) and fell just short as a runner-up at the Cox Classic (Web.Com), where he recorded an incredible final round of 60.
Van Der Walt’s two-shot victory can be largely attributed to his red-hot outward nine during Sunday’s final round, as he eagled the behemoth par-5 fourth hole (685 yards) and followed with birdies at No. 6 and 7, turning in a bogey-free 32. The win marks the first European Tour victory for TaylorMade’s new LETHAL golf ball.
TaylorMade was the No. 1 driver and fairway wood brand in play at the inaugural Tshwane Open, including 37 R1 drivers.
In Van Der Walt's Bag:
Fairway: RocketBallz Stage 2 14.5 & 18.5 degree
Irons: 4-9 RocketBladeZ Tour
Ashworth Golf Staff Professional Michael Thompson also captured his first PGA Tour win on Sunday after turning in a final-round 69 at The Honda Classic. Playing on a breezy afternoon at the PGA National, Thompson birdied the par-5 finishing hole to secure his spot in the winner’s circle at 9-under and win by two strokes. This secures the first Ashworth victory for 2013.
This victory over an elite field moves Thompson to 11th in FedExCup standings and makes him the second first-time winner this year.
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